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CloudxxSeph
« on: July 02, 2007 01:30:57 PM »

righty-o. So, my boyfriend/best friend has this thing (obsession?) with Bawls (energy drink). And our one year anniversary is coming up. So after browsing ebay for a bit, I found these....



aka awesome as hell and i want to make them. I have plenty of bottles to test on and stuff (he gives them to me because i think they're pretty  Smiley ), and i found this tute over at wikihow: http://www.wikihow.com/Cut-a-Bottle-to-Make-a-Glass-for-Drinking. Is this a good tute for cutting a glass bottle? Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance Smiley
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Muria
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 02:10:51 PM »

I haven't used one personally, but I've seen bottle cutters sold a few times. Searching on yahoo turned up a few places that sell them.  Not sure how well they work.  The glasses look pretty cool, though.  Good luck making them!
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Lody
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2007 02:39:23 PM »

Tell us if that tute works out Cheesy
Just a note... get something to insulate the wire where you're going to grab it.  You can't just heat the middle to red hot and not the parts you're gonna touch.  It's metal, heat transfers all the way through it. (You probably knew that already, though XD)
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CloudxxSeph
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2007 12:36:39 PM »

okay--update! I tried it with my older brother. ...results? NOT satisfactory. With more research, i found a total of six ways. two were on that wikihow link, one is the option of buying a $30 bottle/jar cutter (I have a grand total of $4 as of now :\ ), two are on this site: http://www.wikihow.com/Cut-a-Glass-Bottle, and the sixth was from this video: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/508368/how_to_cut_a_glass_bottle/ .

the last one i tried to do, using nail polish remover and hairspray as my flammable...didn't work. first two on first wikihow link i tried, but not with copper wire....didn't work. or rather, they "worked" allright... but they didn't cut the bottle easily Sad Luckily we had a large supply of snapple bottle to test on...
so overall, disappointing, but i guess this is what i get for trying to take the cheap way out.

oh, and apparently, cutting a bottle with scissors underwater doesn't work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBMtbVonAIg
don't want that to happen Sad
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Muria
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2007 07:13:24 AM »

So which method worked the best, and did you get any usable glasses out of your experiment?
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CloudxxSeph
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2007 02:29:07 PM »

the one with the thread worked best... but sadly, no usable glasses Sad
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jaberella
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2007 07:05:34 AM »

The only way I know how is in the hot glass shop. I have seen friends bring them up to heat in an annealer and then pick them up on a punty and heat the top in the glory hole. When it's nice and hot they trim them with snips. Takes but a few seconds..

Jenn
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CloudxxSeph
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2007 01:40:07 PM »

The only way I know how is in the hot glass shop. I have seen friends bring them up to heat in an annealer and then pick them up on a punty and heat the top in the glory hole. When it's nice and hot they trim them with snips. Takes but a few seconds..
hot...glass...shop? *big blank stare* umm, thanks Jenn, but I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Though I suppose I could always do research. or something.
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Kreestahl
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2007 10:16:31 AM »

I have cut bottle size glass tubing with several methods.  Bottles tend to have heavier glass walls and so are more difficult to get to work.  The most usable results came when I used a wet saw to cut.  You can rent the saw like ones used for cutting tile.  I have also scored the glass with a cutter and then tap the glass from the inside of the bottle to get the score to run around.  The results are less consistant.  Instead of tapping, I have also taken a rod of glass, melted the end in a torch (carefully) and touched the molten glass to the bottle.  The heat difference (thermal shock) causes rapid expansion and cracking.  Pieces of glass can go flying with any of the methods so you MUST BE CAREFUL!
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jaberella
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2007 05:17:59 AM »

The only way I know how is in the hot glass shop. I have seen friends bring them up to heat in an annealer and then pick them up on a punty and heat the top in the glory hole. When it's nice and hot they trim them with snips. Takes but a few seconds..
hot...glass...shop? *big blank stare* umm, thanks Jenn, but I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Though I suppose I could always do research. or something.

Oh. I blow glass... in a "hot shop". I was guessing you could go and talk to someone at a glass blowing shop.
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